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Pat Metheny on Kenny G and “Musical Necrophilia”

“But when Kenny G decided that it was appropriate for him to defile the music of the man who is probably the greatest jazz musician that has ever lived by spewing his lame-ass, jive, pseudo bluesy, out-of-tune, noodling, wimped out, fucked up playing all over one of the great Louis’s tracks (even one of his lesser ones), he did something that I would not have imagined possible. He, in one move, through his unbelievably pretentious and calloused musical decision to embark on this most cynical of musical paths, shit all over the graves of all the musicians past and present who have risked their lives by going out there on the road for years and years developing their own music inspired by the standards of grace that Louis Armstrong brought to every single note he played over an amazing lifetime as a musician.”

Boom!

JazzOasis.com – Pat Metheny on Kenny G.

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Is Jazz Boring?

Oh, my, over at the Washington Post, they’re getting into click-baiting. A recent article states that All that jazz isn’t all that great, and begins with the following pronouncements: Jazz is boring. Jazz is overrated. Jazz is washed up. To be fair, I have to agree, somewhat. Not so much that jazz is boring, overrated, […]

Book Notes: Miles Davis, Biography and Autobiography

As part of my recent Miles Davis binge, I bought two books about the musician. Miles Davis: The Definitive Biography, by Ian Carr (Amazon.com, Amazon UK) and Miles: The Autobiography (Amazon.com, Amazon UK). Both of these books give great insight into Miles’ career, and his music. Ian Carr’s biography is clearly that of a fan. […]

Music Notes: Taming the Dragon, by Mehliana (Brad Mehldau and Mark Guiliana

I’ve long been a fan of Brad Mehldau, and I have no problem with him branching off from the standard piano trio format that he’s been exploring for most of his career. While there are some good tracks on this new album, a duo with Mehldau and drummer Mark Guiliana (Amazon.com, Amazon UK, iTunes Store), […]

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Essential Music: Miles Davis’ In a Silent Way

Miles Davis’ career spanned nearly five decades, and he was the engine for much change in jazz. From the early be-bop days through his later fusion, Miles covered just about every type of jazz (with the exception of that abomination called “smooth jazz”). From the early records on Prestige, through the seminal Kind of Blue […]

New Release: Miles Davis, The Original Mono Recordings

I spotted a recent release that will interest many jazz fans: a 9-CD set of the original mono recordings of Miles Davis on Columbia Records. It contains the following albums: ‘Round About Midnight Miles Ahead Milestones Jazz Track Porgy And Bess Kind Of Blue Sketches Of Spain Someday My Prince Will Come Miles And Monk […]

Music Review: Dawn of Midi, Dysnomia – Electro/Jazz/Minimal/Groove for Piano Trio

Buy from Bandcamp | iTunes Store | Amazon.com Dawn of Midi’s Dysnomia is without doubt the coolest new music I’ve heard in a long time. I first heard about it the other day when my son pointed it out to me; he’s mostly into electronic music, and this certainly sounds like electro-groove. But it’s actually […]

Essential Music: Bill Evans Live in 1980

Bill Evans may have been the greatest jazz pianist ever, but his life was, unfortunately, too short. Born in 1929, he died on September 15, 1980, of a bleeding ulcer, cirrhosis and pneumonia. A drug addict for much of his career – he had periods where he was hooked on heroin, and others on cocaine […]

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